I think many of the points presented above are excellent. However, I think Unilever may have enough power behind their brands to pass on any tariffs incurred from restrictive trade policies to consumers.
I agree with a number of comments above however, just to play devil’s advocate, what if the political climate in the US does not change? Based on trends around the world, we may be headed towards an era characterized by isolationism. In this case, it would make sense for companies such as Bombardier to think about potential long-term solutions that would enable them to grow despite trade barriers.
Thanks for writing about this!
I definitely agree with a number of comments that have already been posted. However, contrary to Matt’s comment, I believe a digital health platform would be beneficial to individuals who’s incomes are at or below the poverty line. I think, for the most part, smartphones are ubiquitous – in my mind, the true challenge for these individuals is finding the time to go to a doctor’s office, while juggling a number of responsibilities with limited resources. Especially in a climate that has politicized the topic of women’s health and caused a number of women’s clinics to shut down (increasing the travel time to the nearest clinic for individuals) to prevent women from receiving abortions without regard to the other services that they offer.
I think it’s great that P&G is placing so much emphasis on utilizing technology to create a more efficient supply chain – from manufacturing to delivery. It sounds like P&G is trying to incorporate a just-in-time delivery system and, in an industry where ensuring on-time delivery is important, it could give P&G more of a competitive edge.
Wow; that’s a pretty large gap that Tesla needs to overcome in order to meet it’s goal! It occurs to me that, as more companies pursue battery-powered vehicles and consumers increasingly shift towards desiring supply chains that don’t generate harm to local populations, it would be beneficial for all the corporations that will require increasingly large amounts of cobalt to band together and create pathways towards ensuring the material can be sourced sustainably. I think it would be extraordinarily impactful if, instead of just sourcing materials from North America, corporations worked towards eliminating the child labor in cobalt mining in the DR.
Though you mentioned that SV Agri is more focused on growth than preparing for the negative effects of climate change at this time, I can’t help but think about how they could fund the needed investment when their focus shifts. This reminds me of one of our very first cases (the cardiac hospital in India) and how they created an affordable health insurance plan to encourage individuals to engage in preventative care in order to prevent the incidences of individuals with catastrophic (and very expensive) problems. Given that some investment in the development of better crops/tools/etc. now may help to enable the industry to continue to thrive and reduce the potential for farmers losing their livelihood due to climate change, I think it would be worthwhile for SV Agri to look into creating a program that would charge a small, affordable fee to the farmers they currently work with. In return, SV Agri could provide these farmers with the tools and resources that will enable them to obtain more consistent and dependable yields despite the changing environmental conditions.